I just heard from that young man-about-town Richard Quinnell – the Editor-in-Chief of Microcontroller Central – that he's running a micro-design contest.
The theme of this contest is Changing the World With Android (I do love my Droid). All you have to do to enter is to submit a design proposal for an MCU-based device that uses an Android platform (tablet, smartphone, etc.) as the user/control interface.
The first 100 contest entrants (based on posting time) will receive a $5 Starbuck's gift card. All entries made before midnight, EDT (0400 +1 UTC) on July 4, 2012 will be eligible for judging and award of finalist prizes.
The really cool thing is that ten finalists will receive an NXP Android Open Accessory Applications (AOAA) Kit so that they can turn their idea into reality.
The really un-cool thing is that I'm not allowed to enter (mutter mutter; grumble moan groan). But time's a-wasting – there's no time to dilly-dally or shilly-shally – instead, Click Here
to bounce over to the contest on Microcontroller Central to discover more details and to register for the contest.
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